US SANCTIONS DESIGNATIONS AND DE-LISTINGS 2009–2019

On 27 February, US thinktank, the Center for a New American Security published an article examining US sanctions listings and de-listing during the period, broken down by categories and sanctions regime.  If nothing else, the analysis shows the massive increase in the use of sanctions in the 10-year period, illustrated by the following chart –

https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/sanctions-by-the-numbers

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EU UPDATES LIST OF VESSELS SAID TO BE INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED (IUU) FISHING

EU Regulation 2020/269/EU of 26 February replaces the list of vessels involved in IUU fishing contained in Part B to the Annex to EU Regulation 468/2010/EU.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2020.056.01.0007.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2020:056:TOC

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HM TREASURY AND ISLE OF MAN CONFIRM REMOVAL OF 2 NAMES FROM ISIL/AL-QAIDA SANCTIONS LISTS

On 27 February, HM Treasury issued a Notice confirming the removal of Al-Mokhtar Ben Mohamed Ben Al-Mokhtar BOUCHOUCHA and Imad Ben Bechir Ben Hamda AL-JAMMALI from the Consolidated List, following the publication of EU Regulation 2020/259/EU.

A news release from the Isle of Man on 27 February followed suit.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/868938/Notice_ISIL_2020_259.pdf

https://www.gov.im/news/2020/feb/27/financial-sanctions-isil-daesh-and-al-qaida/

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/AUTO/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2020.054.01.0029.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2020:054:TOC

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EU IMPOSES TRAVEL BAN AND ASSET FREEZING MEASURES ON 2 EXECUTIVES OF THE TURKISH PETROLEUM CORPORATION (TPAO) OVER CYPRUS OIL DRILLING

A news release from the EU on 27 February announced that the EU Council had imposed sanctions restrictions on 2 Turkish citizens under a framework for restrictive measures in response to Turkey’s illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean which was set up in November 2019.  The men have been named as Mehmet Ferruh Akalin, Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of TPAO, and Ali Coscun Namoglu, the Deputy Director of the Exploration Department.

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/02/27/turkey-s-illegal-drilling-activities-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-eu-puts-two-persons-on-sanctions-list/

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2020.056.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2020:056I:TOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2020:056I:TOC

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UK TO WITHDRAW FROM EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT SYSTEM

On 27 February, the Guardian reported that, apparently acting against the warnings of senior law enforcement officials, the UK government said it would not be seeking to participate in the European arrest warrant (EAW) as part of the future relationship with the EU, instead wishing to opt for a “fast-track” extradition agreement similar to the so-called surrender agreements with Norway and Iceland (also non-EU states).  The Guardian comments that in 9 years to 2017/18, the UK sent back over 9,000 people using the EAW system, and brought back over 1,200.  It also points out that, with the EAW vastly shortening the average extradition timetables, before the arrest warrant existed it took 10 years to extradite Rachid Ramda from Britain to France over his role in the 1995 Paris metro bombing, while in 2005 it took just 56 days to bring the failed 21/7 London tube bomber Hussain Osman back from Italy to London using an arrest warrant.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/uk-to-withdraw-from-european-arrest-warrant/ar-BB10t1d8?ocid=spartanntp

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OFAC GENERAL LICENSE CONCERNED WITH HUMANITARIAN TRADE WITH IRAN

On 27 February, OFAC issued General License 8: Authorizing Certain Humanitarian Trade Transactions Involving the Central Bank of Iran, together with related FAQ, connected with the formalisation of the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), which became fully operational on 27 February.  A factsheet on SHTA is also made available in the form of a news release from US Treasury.  SHTA is intended to further facilitate the flow of humanitarian goods to the Iranian people while safeguarding against the Iranian regime’s diversion of humanitarian trade for malign purposes..

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/gtsr_gl8.pdf

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